We often talk about networking and self-promoting, but it’s hard to do this continually. I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut lately and have only managed to climb out in the past few weeks. For months, I’ve been thinking long-term about my current career and where I want to be. However, it’s only recently that I’ve been proactive about doing something about those goals rather than just daydreaming.
Sometimes we need to stop marinating a topic in our heads and actually move forward. I realized that I’d been thinking about career movement for so long that I hadn’t actually been intentional about how to get there. I’ve let months slip by out of lethargy.
Don’t get me wrong: sometimes, you do just need to focus on the present and do the best that you can do in the current season. There are some seasons where you need to let the ground lie fallow as you rejuvenate. However, sometimes it’s only winter, and even in the winter time, farmers are planning for the next year and buying seeds. Spring will come before you know it, then summer, then harvest time. Then you see the results of the work you put in.
So, how do we do this? It means keeping an eye out for jobs you want, even for jobs you’re not qualified for, to see for what requirements recruiters are asking. It means taking classes and attending seminars on honing the skills you need to move forward in your career. It means networking with people above you and people in the types of positions you want, always keeping your name out there.
You need to stay hungry. It’s the only way to not fall into complacency. Just like the best way to balance on one foot is to stare straight ahead, the best way to continually move forward is to continually look forward.